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China defends Covid-19 response after criticism by experts

Bejing - China defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday but said it would "strive to do better" after independent experts criticised the speed of its response to a virus that has now killed more than two million people worldwide.

Iran dithering on crash probe, says Ukraine airline

Kiev - Iranian investigators probing the downing of a passenger plane a year ago are deliberately dragging their feet, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) said on Wednesday.

French interior minister questioned over rape allegations

Paris - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was questioned by judges on Monday over rape allegations that prompted outcry from women's organisations when he was appointed the country's "top cop" in July.

Lebanon PM Diab, ex-ministers indicted over port blast

Beirut - Lebanon's lead investigator into the catastrophic Beirut port explosion charged outgoing premier Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers with negligence on Thursday, a judicial source said.

Lebanon judge indicts PM, 3 ex-ministers over port blast: judicial source

Beirut - The lead investigator into a catastrophic August 4 explosion at Beirut port charged outgoing premier Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers with negligence Thursday, a judicial source said.

Biden's son Hunter says under investigation for tax affairs

Wilmington - Hunter Biden, the son of US President-elect Joe Biden and a frequent target of Republican attacks, said Wednesday he was under federal investigation about his taxes.

Tunisian charged over fatal French church stabbings

Paris - The chief suspect in the fatal stabbings of three people in a church in the French city of Nice was charged on Monday with their murder, anti-terrorism prosecutors said.

Outcry grows in France after police filmed beating music producer

Paris - A video of police beating a black music producer in Paris triggered outrage and condemnation on Thursday, leading to the suspension of several officers and a public backlash that drew in French World Cup football stars.

S.African anti-graft panel to ask police to probe Zuma walkout

Johanesburg - A South African commission hearing testimonies about rampant state corruption during Jacob Zuma's reign said Monday that it would ask police to investigate the former president after he walked out last week.

Mechanical fault blamed for 2016 Pakistan airline crash

Islamabad - Engineers for Pakistan's scandal-hit state airline failed to repair a technical fault that led to a 2016 plane crash in which all 47 people on board died, a report has found.

US justice chief authorizes probes into vote fraud claims

Washington - US Attorney General William Barr gave federal prosecutors blanket authorization Monday to open investigations into voting irregularities, as President Donald Trump repeated unfounded claims he lost the presidential election due to fraud.

Vienna anti-terror chief suspended after attack failures

Vienna - The head of anti-terror operations in the Austrian capital Vienna was suspended Friday as details emerged of further security lapses in the run up to this week's jihadist attack which left four people dead.

Austria ski resort virus outbreak mishandled, report finds

Vienna - Local and federal authorities could have contained the spread of a coronavirus outbreak that infected thousands of tourists in two Austrian ski resorts, according to a report published Monday.

French prosecutors probe match-fixing at Roland Garros

Paris - French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had begun an investigation into suspected match-fixing at the French Open, reportedly involving a women's doubles match.

Canada probes alleged use of its tech in Armenia-Azerbaijan clash

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday an investigation has been launched into the alleged use of Canadian military technologies in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

Protais Mpiranya: the last high-ranking Rwanda genocide fugitive

Kigali - Accused of commanding a presidential guard implicated in high-profile murders during the Rwandan genocide, Protais Mpiranya is the top priority for investigators following this year's arrest of a fellow alleged war criminal.

Paris cleaver attack suspect says wanted to target Charlie Hebdo

Paris - A Pakistan-born teenager has admitted to stabbing two people with a meat cleaver outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, investigators said Saturday, with nine people now detained over what the government condemned as "Islamist terr...

Paris cleaver attack suspect says acted over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Paris - A man suspected of wounding two people with a meat cleaver near the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine has admitted staging the attack, linking it to the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly, sources sai...

Regulators must impose more stiff sanctions in dirty money fightback: analysts

London - Financial regulators must impose more heavy penalties to combat money laundering, experts argue, after an international journalism investigation alleged that astronomical amounts of dirty cash has been flowing for years through some top global banks.

'Nothing to hide' — Tour de France team leader Quintana denies doping

Marseille - Colombian rider Nairo Quintana, whose Tour de France team are targeted in a doping investigation, said he had "nothing to hide" after two unnamed members of the French outfit were briefly detained before being released.

Major banks moved vast sums of illicit money: ICIJ

Washington - Massive sums of allegedly dirty money have flowed for years through some of the world's largest banking institutions, said an international journalism investigation published Sunday, which denounced shortcomings in sector regulations.

Kremlin accuses Navalny aides of removing potential evidence

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday said Russia's ability to probe opposition politician Alexei Navalny's suspected poisoning was "limited" and accused his aides of taking potential evidence out of the country.

Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe

Geneva - Venezuela's president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity, UN investigators said on Wednesday in a report the country's government quickly labeled as "riddled with falsehoods.

Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe

Geneva - Venezuela's president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday.

Afghans face Greek prosecutor over fire at migrant camp

Six young Afghan men including two minors will face a prosecutor on Greece's Lesbos island Wednesday on suspicion of setting fires that destroyed Europe's largest migrant camp last week.

Paris city hall charged over deadly 2019 gas explosion

Paris - The Paris city hall has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over a massive gas explosion in the French capital last year that killed four people, including two firefighters, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Investigators seek to boost Kabuga case in Rwanda visit: prosecutor

Kigali - The lead prosecutor in the trial of alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga said Thursday his team is on a fact-finding mission in Rwanda to seek fresh evidence to bolster their case in an international court.

Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

Rwanda issues arrest warrant for genocide suspect in France: prosecutor

Kigali - Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant for a top former Rwandan military official, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France over his role in the country's 1994 genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Italian PM set to reopen Genoa bridge two years after fatal collapse

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday described the opening of the new Genoa bridge, which replaces one that collapsed two years ago killing 43 people, as a "symbol of a new Italy" on the eve of its inauguration.
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